Here we come, A’Wassling!

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Hi all! It’s that time of year again to think about Christmas caroling in Golfview Woods.

Last year we had a great turnout, about 30 people, a mixture of adults and children and we had a fabulous time walking around the neighborhood and spreading the cheer to our neighbors! This year we will be caroling on Thursday, December 17 beginning at 6:30 PM, and going until we feel like stopping smile emoticon.

We can depart from our house at 3512 Bigby Hollow Court.

Please let me know in advance if you can come, so I can have an idea how many song booklets to prepare. Also,if you know of any neighbors who are in need of a little extra cheering up this year, please let me know so we can make sure to stop by their house. I hope to see a lot of your wonderful faces coming together that night to fill the streets with some Christmas magic!

There are Event invites on both Facebook and Nextdoor!

Looking forward to seeing all your shining faces!

Small Business Fridays – Hartwell Pools

Small Business Fridays

Hartwell Pools

Hartwell Pools Logo
Brandi and Robert and their children have lived in the neighborhood for three and half years.

They are the owners of Hartwell Pools, a family owned operation for 17 years. They are based in Hilliard, and service residential pools and hot tubs. They can be contacted at 614-551-9503 or Send Email as well as their Facebook page. They do replacement vinyl liners, weekly cleanings,service, & all that for hot tubs as well.

Company Credo

“Hartwell Pools is family owned and operated with 17 years of experience. We strive to provide our customers with the highest quality of service that consistently outperforms our competitors at every level. Our knowledge will guide you to the most reliable products on the market today.”

Hours of operation
Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday
By Appointment

all major CC accepted

*if you are a member of GVW and would like to be part of small business friday’s, use the contact page to tell me a bit about your company, how long you have lived here, small tidbit about your family (first names and kids or no kids only – no names of kids please or numbers)

Golfview Woods Garage Sale

Golfview Woods Community Fall Garage Sale | September 26

Golfview Woods Garage Sale

Its Garage Sale time again!

Hi Everyone! As we we end a VERY successful summer for our neighborhood, its time to embark in that final cleanout of the house for the year!
I posted a voting spot on both the facebook and nextdoor app about a date for the fall garage sale.

September 26 was the most popular date!

Tips for a successful Garage sale

(tips from http://www.bhg.com/health-family/finances/tips/your-best-yard-sale-ever/)

  • Create a Buzz

    If you sell it, they will come. That’s true of garage sales if enough people know about your event. The key to a good turnout is promoting the heck out of your sale well in advance. Start by promoting your sale via an e-mail to your network of friends. (Who knows, they may want to join in with you, which can only make the sale better!) Next, identify local blogs and other social media sources to advertise your upcoming yard sale. Some examples include weekendtreasure.com, garagesalehunter.com, yardsalesearch.com, craigslist.com, and facebook.com.

    Don’t forget to post signs at your local grocery store, coffee shop, etc., suggests Jamie Novak, author of Stop Throwing Money Away: Turn Clutter to Cash. In all of your promotional efforts, be sure to note the date, time, address, directions, and any other pertinent details such as you’ll accept cash only, you’re selling special heirlooms or collectible items of interest, etc.

  • Use Good Sign Language

    A few days before your sale, create signs that will have maximum impact. Write the signs in big letters in bright colors that are easy to read (don’t use a yellow marker on a white background). Attach balloons and make sure your arrows are pointing in the right direction, says Kathy Peterson, a design expert and featured guest on HGTV’s Longest Yard Sale.

  • Think Like a Store Designer

    To make your sale as organized and as appealing as possible, group like objects together (glassware/kitchen items in one place; toys/children’s books in another; and tools/lawn equipment in still another, for example). And think about how you’re displaying each group to its best advantage. “Cardboard boxes filled with stuff or clothes stretched out on tarps on the ground (or worse yet, bare ground) look tacky, dirty, and unappealing,” says expert Judy Woodward Bates, The Bargainomics Lady. Hang up items for maximum visibility and so people can go through “your racks,” just like they do at the store. “Consider stringing wire or rope between trees and then hang your clothes from up high,” Bates says.

    Once your items are on display, walk to the street to get a sense of what your event looks like. Rearrange until everything looks as inviting as possible. Check signage again, and you’re ready!

  • Tease Their Attention

    Grab a guy’s attention by putting stuff he’ll want to sift through—golf clubs, tools, workout gear, and your nearly new grill—near the curb. This ups the probability that more couples will stop at your sale, says Novak. After all, if a guy sees something he likes, he’ll be more patient while his wife browses at your sale! Big items like furniture also draw customers in. Place them near the entrance to your sale (whether that’s a sidewalk or driveway) so furniture shoppers can see them first.

  • Create Vignettes

    Selling china and glassware? Don’t just stack dishes on a bare table. Instead, bring out your most elegant tablecloth, cut some flowers from your garden and set a beautiful table, suggests Marilyn Santiesteban, a regular yard sale-thrower. Selling books? Create a reading nook and display the books attractively. Best of all, attach cards to groupings of items. “For example, you can write something like ‘These five books were my children’s bedtime favorites,'” she adds. “This gives your for-sale items instant history and great karma.” TIP: Leave plenty of room between tables so shoppers don’t bump into each other or breakables.

  • Be Memorable

    Yard sales are all about the spin, says Santiesteban. “Create a unique ambience by putting a checkered tablecloth on a small table. Set out a pot of coffee and some muffins in a basket with a gorgeous napkin,” she recommends. “You can charge for those goodies but giving them away for free sets a nice tone.” You want your shoppers to feel like they’re having a unique experience—not just sorting through someone else’s stuff. Small bags of popcorn are also an inexpensive way to keep people munching up and down your aisles and piles of good stuff.

    Or, on a hot summer day, make it a party. There’s nothing like a cool pitcher of lemonade or iced tea to encourage shoppers to linger (and stay hydrated). Offer these drinks for free, set your iPod on shuffle and you may even meet a fun new neighbor (or two). That neighbor might want to co-throw a sale with you in the future.

  • Post Prices Prominently

    Guaranteed success: Pricing items with easy-to-read signs. For example, if you’re selling each item of clothing for $1, make sure there’s a clearly visible sign that says so, Bates says. “Nothing turns shoppers off quicker than having to ask a price for every item they pick up.” Always mark chipped or cracked items “as is” so buyers know the price is for the item, flaws and all. Whatever the condition of the items, make sure they look their best—press the linens, wash and wipe dry glasses and china, etc.

  • Add On Sales

    Treat your sale like a business, advises Linsey Knerl, a blogger at FinancialHighway.com. “For example, if you see that someone is buying 20 pairs of baby socks for $2, throw in a few extra for just a quarter more,” she says. “Take a lower price on some of your wares to help them move when someone is already actively buying.”

  • Put On Your Haggling Hat

    Your browsers aren’t looking to spend a fortune at your sale. Be ready to negotiate by pricing items slightly higher to leave room for price-haggling. When you set prices, factor in price breaks of about 20 percent to 30 percent off the price you’d like to receive, suggests Peterson. Toward the end of the day, consider marking all the remaining items down to half-price or $1 each. TIP: Have plenty of ones, fives, and coins so you can quickly make change and carry that money (safely) in a fanny pack or carpenter’s apron. And always have bags, boxes, or newspaper to wrap items to-go.

  • Entertain Small Shoppers

    Those tag-along kids can’t help but want to get “hands-on” with your valuables, especially if you’ve been foolish enough to put them at a child’s eye level. Make sure you place only sturdy items or toys on the ground or at the eye level of very small children, Knerl says. “If you are selling something especially valuable, look into getting shelving, or put a photo out for shoppers to see—leaving the original in the house.” Another crowd pleaser: Have a table with crayons and coloring pages for little kids to keep busy while parents shop.

  • Join Forces the Smart Way

    If you think you’ll get better foot traffic if you partner with another family, stay organized by giving each family its own colored price-tag stickers, suggests Carrie McLaren, a mom of two, who blogs at carriewithchildren.com. “During our last garage sale, my family had hot pink stickers on all of our items and my in-laws used yellow,” she says. “Once the sale was done, there was no question how much money we each made as a family. It’s easy and fair!”

  • Create a Freebie Box

    Play to a shopper’s weakness by picking out a bunch of things that you never want to see again and place them in a box that says ‘free,’ Novak suggests. “This way shoppers and browsers alike can pick out what they want from the box and everyone wins. This is a great marketing technique.” TIP: Place this free box near the curb and passersby will be way more inclined to see what else you have for sale.

  • Offer a Gift with Purchase

    To incentivize your shoppers, post a sign that for every $25 spent the buyer can pick an item for free, Novak suggests. Or, you can wrap up some surprise gifts before the sale and let the buyer choose the one he or she wants to take home. Everyone likes a bargain.

  • Give It Away at the End of the Day

    For Conna Craig, who regularly organizes garage sales, one rule is a constant: No items return inside the house at the end of the day. “Anything that remains is either given away to the remaining shoppers or I give items to charities in need,” she says. To clear the clutter, consider donating to a website Craig founded. Called Donate Luggage, the website lists organizations, state-by-state, that help foster children and other needy youth. These groups can benefit from such items as gently used luggage, craft supplies, sports equipment, etc.

The new sign is here, the NEW SIGN IS HERE!

In case  you somehow missed it.. How beautiful new sign is up!

 

From Steve B.
New sign is up and we all want to thank everyone who helped make this happen. Next will be some landscaping to finish the project.

We want to thank our area businesses who contributed to the landscaping phase; Americas Floor Source, NexGreen, Capital City Awning, Executive Security Consultants and Outdoor Makeovers.

Please make sure to patronize these companies as a thank you in their donation if you need these types of services!
Golfview Woods Sign - Hilliard Ohio

Golfivew Woods Sign

THWART METRO Meeting tonight

THWART METRO | Apartment Rezoning | Columbus Ohio | Trabue Road | Wilson Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonight is the Columbus Development Commission meeting regarding the building of inferior apartments on the two properties near our development.

Please come & show your support & wear RED.

The meeting starts at 6:00 at 757 Carolyn Ave., Columbus

 

Sign news!

The new sign is being produced and installation should begin VERY SOON!

Take your family and kids up and take a pic with the old sign before it’s gone and share with us on the Facebook group!

Thanks for for all your community pride and the hard work of the volunteers who got this project done for us!

Water Main Break at Wilson & Cypress: the hole they left

So im sure i’m not the only one who has noticed the hole on wilson with crappy fencing around it. We all remember the day it happened. We felt trapped in the our neighborhood because wilson was closed one way for the Electrical fire causing a loss of power to the neighborhood and the opposite way wilson was closed for the water main break repair. It was an annoying day.
I have called the city about the hole at the front of the neighborhood that the water main repair left behind. It is a safety hazard and a magnet for mosquitos (which i think we are all VERY much over right now).

They have given me a confirmation number and a date of possible service (two business days out- Tuesday 7/28, possible.)

Mosquitos

Natural Remedies | Farmers Almanac
• Burn a little sage or rosemary over coals to repel mosquitoes.
• To eliminate the itch, rub on meat tenderizer or lemon juice.
• Lemon Eucalyptus oil can be used to repel mosquitoes.
• A paste of mashed garlic can help take the sting and itch away.
• Some people swear garlic works and swallow slivered garlic to ward off these summer pests. Others take garlic tablets or rub garlic juice directly on their skin. Some people apply onion or radish juice for the same purpose.
• White vinegar is another remedy for relieving the itch of insect bites. Apply it in full strength. Don’t use vinegar if the area is raw.
• Rubbing the skin with baby oil or imitation vanilla extract repels biting insects such as mosquitoes and blackflies.
• Some people have luck with high doses of vitamin B1 (100 milligrams, two or three times a day), but it doesn’t work for everybody.
• One of our favorite remedies is rubbing cider vinegar on your skin to repel insects. If you take in enough cider vinegar by putting it on foods you eat, you’ll develop a body odor that will repel insects, including black flies.

 

In the Garden

It is thought that certain plants repel a broad spectrum of insects. Marigolds, chrysanthemums, asters, and pyrethrum daisies, as well as herbs such as basil, anise, and coriander, are all thought to repel insects.

To keep mosquitoes to a minimum, eliminate their breeding sites on your property. They need standing water to lay their eggs in, so empty those puddles, old cans, buckets, and plant pots.

House Hints

Add a few drops of citronella to each gallon of exterior paint to keep away flying insects such as blackflies and mosquitoes. The citronella won’t affect the paint, but it will keep the bugs from messing up your fresh paint job.

And your home, add a bat house! Did you know that one small brown bat can eat as many as 600 mosquitoes in one hour?

 

Controlling Mosquito Population

There are steps you can take to reduce mosquito populations without using insecticides.

  • Empty water from containers such as flower pots, birdbaths, pet water dishes, cans, gutters, tires and buckets regularly to disrupt the mosquito breeding cycle.
  • Keep windows and door screens in good working order to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
  • If possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors, consider staying indoors early in the morning and evening when mosquitoes are most active.
    Maintain your swimming pool to prevent mosquito breeding, and report abandoned pools to your local health department.
  • Use mosquito netting over infants carriers when infants are outdoors.
    Consider using an insect repellent; be sure to follow the label directions for applying the repellent.

 

Personal Safety and Petty Theft

I CANNOT STRESS how important is to have a lights on at night (all night or motion) and to NOT LEAVE STUFF in your cars.
Today i found a diaper bag that had been locked and hidden in the owners car in my side yard.
Please please please leave lights on and lock your cars or park in your garage and don’t leave anything your cars.

Someone is rifling through cars late at night. This is the second instance in a week i have been alerted to.

 

A good list from SafeWise

Know your neighbors.
This cannot be emphasized enough. Know whether they work during the day, whether they have children (and, if so, what they look like), and what their needs are. Do you live next to an elderly couple that stays home, but sometimes needs help? Or is there a teenage driver in the family?  Are there small children you need to look out for? Knowing these things helps you be aware of who is in your neighborhood and what could be suspicious.

Have a way to reach your neighbors if they’re gone and something is amiss in the neighborhood. Feel free to contact them if you see any out-of-ordinary or suspicious behavior around their home or if you’re gone and would like them to check up on your house. You might even help develop a neighborhood calling tree.

Keep up your yard, and encourage your neighbors to do the same.
A neighborhood with mowed lawns, flowers, and freshly painted homes looks like it’s cared for, and this alone can help deter crime. A well-kept yard also provides fewer places for suspicious persons to take cover. If there is a certain open lot or abandoned home that is an eyesore, work together as a neighborhood to clean up weeds, plant trees, and do a bit of fixing up on the exterior.

Be extra cautious when you go out of town.
Talk to your neighbors and arrange for someone to mow your lawn, shovel your walks, or pick up your mail and newspapers. Use timers on your lights, or find a security system that will allow you to turn lamps off and on remotely.

Close your windows and blinds at night.
A big screen TV is a less enticing steal if no one knows it’s there. Leaving your blinds open and lights on at night provides a free look into your house, its layout, and the habits of its occupants. And leaving windows open at night or when you’re gone is an invitation for an uninvited guest to come on in.

Improve the lighting on your street.
Streetlamps are not the only way to do this. Ask that each household turn on their porch lights in the evenings and install motion-sensor lights in the backs or sides of the house so potential intruders don’t have the darkness to hide in.

Encourage outdoor activity.
Go on walks with your neighbor, work in your yard, and let your kids play with the neighbors down the street. Organizing a neighborhood cookout can encourage people to feel more comfortable spending time out in the neighborhood as well.

Know your local police department.
Express to them your desire to keep the neighborhood safe, and notify them of specific ways they can help. For example, if cars are often speeding through, ask them to patrol the streets. Request that they make a drive-through every night when possible. You might even work with the department to start a Neighborhood Watch program.

Install a security system.
In the end, one of the surest options to improve safety in your neighborhood is to get a home security system and use it properly. A 2009 study by ­­­­­Rutgers found that, as the number of home security systems increased in an area, the number of residential robberies decreased in that area. Use the Safewise security system finder tool to help you evaluate what security system will work best for your home.

Improving neighborhood safety is a team effort, but it needs to start with someone and that someone should be you. As you get to know your neighbors, discuss your concerns, and apply some of the ideas above, you’ll find that your neighborhood becomes not only a safer place to be, but a more enjoyable one.